Word on the street

RCB Financial Corporation, a single bank holding corporation for Rome’s River City Bank, is reporting consolidated pre-tax income of more than $2.19 million for 2018. Retired president Roger Smith said net after-tax income totaled $1,656,318, a 205 percent increase over the previous year.

Greater Community Bank reported record earnings in 2018, the second year in a row with record-breaking earnings. The bank, with offices in Rome and Calhoun reported 2018 year-end earnings of $2.3 million, easily topping the 2017 earnings by 38 percent.

Floyd Medical Center will host a major ethics conference Friday, March 8 to address "Healthcare and the Art of Difficult Discussions." The event will be held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monthly member meetings will be a new initiative for the Rome Floyd Chamber in 2019 and the first session is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Chamber office building downtown.

A slew of youngsters from Rome and Floyd County performed well at the Cloverleaf District Project Achievement competition held at Georgia Highland College.

Sharon Baker and the Women's Information Network will be hosting a special Social Health workshop on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College campus in Rome.

The Floyd Medical Center is undertaking projects at the Cherokee Medical Center in Centre which are expected to greatly enhance the quality of care at the hospital in Alabama. Upgrades to the Emergency Room and ER waiting room are in the works along with upgrades to imaging services.

If getting in better shape, or simply taking better advantage of nature's bounty across Georgia, is a part of your plans for 2019, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is presenting a series of "Club Challenges."

The planning process toward a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic flights led by John H. Towers, the Rome native who is regarded the father of Naval Aviation, in May of 1919 is underway in New York.

The annual Polar Bear Paddle, held in early January each year from Dixon Landing on the Etowah River to Heritage Park in downtown Rome, is in limbo this year.

To recognize Black History Month, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will co-sponsor a workshop to help locals trace their African American roots at the Rome-Floyd County Library from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2nd.

The Rome Community Development office and city administration are honing plans for a new Citizen Ambassador Program. The project will involve a series of workshops spread out over an eight month period of time, designed to give potential leaders a more thorough understanding of how the city …

Harley Chastain, enrolled in the Lactation Consultant program on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Calhoun campus, has been named the college's Exceptional Adult Georgia in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award winner. She will go on to represent the college at the state EAGLE Leadership…

The Georgia Urban Forest Council has recognized one of Floyd County's newest manufacturing firms, Carlsen Precision Manufacturing with its Outstanding New Development Grand Award for tree preservation at the plant site in the Floyd County Industrial Park off US 27 South.

The annual Salvation Army Can-a-Thon is set for Nov. 30. Captain Jason Smith said the event is usually held on the first Friday of December but since that fell a little later than usual this year, the decision was made to move the event up a week.

Business partners Phillip Quarles and Chris Ganser are not looking for anything else to do during the holiday season. Quarles is a single dad with a background in the fast food industry, while Ganser is a U.S. Postal Service employee. The two have come together in the last year and a half to…

The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a job fair on behalf of a number of different employers in the Rome area Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard River walk, 320 West Third Street in Rome.

Coosa Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Bruce Day tells the Rome News-Tribune the first Hard Hats and High Heels Gala was both an artistic and financial success. The event was enough of a success that Day said the decision has already been made to hold another event next fall.

The new "Ramblin' Rome" portable tourism bus debuted at the Rome Hot Air Balloon Festivals but was fully outfitted a week ago at the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. The bus is a prime example of how personnel across a couple of city departments worked together to accomplish a common task. 

The Myrtle Hill – Oak Hill Memorial Association is in the process of creating a new garden on Neely Hill in the shadow of Rome's iconic Clocktower. The garden will be dedicated in honor of historian Ann Culpepper and the time she has spent sharing her love of Rome’s history.

Rome's Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will bring Professor Margaret Bender to Rome for a lecture on the history of the Cherokee syllabary and language on October 25 at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Berry College campus.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler will conduct a business summit in Rome on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event is another in a series of 12 being held throughout the state.

While McDonald’s has revealed plans to spend $170 million modernizing its restaurants in Georgia, Rome franchisee/owner Jim Aaron has revealed some of his plans for the East Rome McDonald's on Turner McCall Boulevard, which he recently purchased.

Supplies of O negative blood, the so-called universal donor, are particularly low across North Georgia and Blood Assurance, which supplies blood products to both the Floyd Medical Center and Redmond Regional Medical Center, has put out a call for help.

The number of people working across Northwest Georgia hit an all-time high during the month of June, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Labor.  That's a good thing because the labor force is also growing which was in part responsible for the increase in the jobless r…

Rome's Ideal Meals, 874 Spider Webb Drive, has a new refrigerated van and has made plans to schedule regional delivery of prepared meal, starting with Calhoun.

The Floyd County Court Appointed Special Advocate staff will conduct volunteer training programs Saturday July 14 and July 21 from 9 to 3 p.m. Both of the training sessions will take place at the CASA offices in the Restoration Rome complex at 1400 Crane St.

More than twenty local churches are partnering with Covenant Kingdom Pastors in the Rome area to bring nationally renowned pastor, author and dynamic speaker Tony Evans, to Rome Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forum River Center downtown.

The Rome Kiwanis Club annual peach sale is underway through July 17. This marks the 11th year of the popular fundraiser for the club, which uses profits to support a variety of programs to benefit youth in Rome and Floyd County.

Rome and Floyd County are celebrating National Pollinators Month with several events coming up during the latter half of the month. Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton said Rome was officially designated as a Bee City USA one year ago.

Stephens Music Company has settled into its new space in Central Plaza, 500 East Second Avenue in Rome. The company just moved from space in the Etowah Crossing shopping center off Hicks Drive in East Rome.

Little River Canyon National Preserve and Jacksonville State University’s Field Schools will conduct a bioblitz Friday May 18- Sunday May 20 to better document the ecological diversity of the park.  The main event is Saturday, May 19. Visitors will use the free iNaturalist app to record and …

Police dog training exercises will be held at various locations around Rome this week as part of the annual certification requirements both the dogs and their handlers. The United States Police Canine Association event will take place Monday through Thursday with upwards of 60 dogs and their…

ServiceMaster by Twins, a Rome-based provider of water, fire and mold damage restoration, has earned the prestigious Achiever Award, given to top performing franchisees in ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the country.

The Coosa Diagnostic Center has just completed the installation of a new Open Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging device at its medical office complex at 16 Riverbend Drive.

Berry College Associate Professor of Biology Renee’ Carleton will offer Romans information about the famous Berry College bald eagles Monday night at 6 p.m. at Oak Hill Museum. This program is the first in a series of programs that will accompany the Sanctuary at Berry Lecture Series with ph…

Southeastern Mills, has promoted Peter W. Hjort Jr., chief operating officer, to president of the Rome-based company. Linda Owens, outgoing president, will remain as chairwoman of the company.  

The City of Rome and the Downtown Development Authority will conduct a public forum Wednesday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to talk about the proposed changes to the parking ordinance in downtown Rome.  The forum will be held in the Forum River Center’s Riverwalk Ballroom. 

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